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Savoia Marchetti S.55 sea planes featured a cockpit holding the pilot and co pilot in the center wing of the aircraft. The crew of the aircraft was transported in the two fuselages which also served as floats for the sea plane.
The S.55 was equipped with two in-line back-to-back engines which had counter rotating propellers. These were located on pylons placed on top of the center section of the wing.
During 1926 the sea plane set fourteen world records including speed, altitude and distance. In February 1927 the Savoia Marchetti S.55 was one of the first airplanes to cross the Atlantic. This was four months before the solo crossing of Charles Lindberg in his Spirit of St. Louis.
A total of 24 of the aircraft, flying in a single formation, crossed the Atlantic in 1933 on their way to an exposition in Chicago, IL.
During World War Two the S.55 served in both the Luftwaffe and the Italian Air Forces as a patrol aircraft and a bomber.
The aircraft first flew on August 12, 1925 and was deployed in 1926. The last S.55 was retired from service in 1945.
A total of 200 Savoia Marchetti S.55 aircraft were produced.
Classic Aero rc Savoia Marchetti S.55.
The Savoia Marchetti S.55 is an unusual and interesting subject for a RC Airplane.
Ozark Model Aviation has plans for a 31” wingspan rc Savoia Marchetti S.55 for electric power.
Pictured above and below is the 1/16 scale rc Savoia Marchetti S.55 from a Classic Aero kit. It has a 58” wing span. Recommended power can be a pair of Astro Flight 020 brushless motors. All up weight is between 3.5 and 4 lbs.
Classic Aero also has a 1/12 scale rc Savoia Marchetti S.55. Its wingspan is 80”. Power comes from two .46 4c engines. All up weight of the 1/12 scale model is 10.5 lbs.
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